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Springfield man pleads guilty in 2020 death of Zacory Hooks

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Springfield man pleads guilty in 2020 death of Zacory Hooks

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A Springfield man who assaulted Zacory Hooks and left him to die in the middle of a road last year has pleaded guilty.

Gage Duncan-Moor, 21, will be sentenced on charges of fourth-degree assault and second-degree manslaughter in connection with Hooks’ death as well as charges of first-degree robbery with a firearm and first-degree assault with a firearm in connection with a different victim.

Court documents say that the crimes were committed while Duncan-Moor was on probation or post-prison supervision. A count of felon in possession of a firearm was earlier dismissed by a motion from the State, according to the plea petition.

Duncan-Moor’s sentencing is set for Dec. 28. Officials said as part of the plea agreement, the State will ask for 20 years in prison and the defense will ask for 15.

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The night of Aug. 7, 2020, police responded to the 7500 block of Main Street in Springfield after reports of a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash. Authorities initially started investigating the situation as a hit-and-run, but detectives later learned that the vehicle that drove off from the scene never actually hit Hooks.

Investigators said Duncan-Moor assaulted Hooks and left him in the roadway where he was later hit by two vehicles. Both drivers stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

Camera footage reportedly showed two people running from the scene to a car parked on 75th Street where a third man was reportedly waiting.

Duncan-Moor was arrested in Florence after a tip came in on Aug. 31, 2020, pointing detectives in his direction.

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Following his arrest in the manslaughter case, Duncan-Moor was identified as a suspect in connection with a shooting that happened in July 2020 prior to Hooks’ death. A 23-year-old was shot and left unconscious in the 400 block of Highway 99. An officer arriving to the scene applied a tourniquet to the victim’s leg and another officer started CPR. The victim was taken to a local hospital.

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